14.00 Market Rasen
MIA’S STORM (best price 15-8) made the perfect start to her life over fences with a smooth success at Chepstow last month and with the time figure she posted suggesting it was a performance of some repute by Alan King’s mare, she could be one to follow not only here, but for the rest of the season against her own sex. The big indicator that we were dealing with a solid piece of form came from the fact she managed to eclipse the final circuit in a time 2.5 seconds quicker than the 2m 3f handicap chase won by Romain De Senam, and with the beaten pair Mr Mix and Elegant Escape both running to a fair standard on their next starts respectively, the daughter of September Storm clearly has the sort of tools to suggest big things can be expected of her for the rest of the season.
TEMPURAN (best price 5-1) was off the bridle in the parade ring in a similar contest at Taunton last week, but to the horse’s ultimate credit, he somehow kept on plugging away to finish a brave second to the revitalised Midnight Gypsy and a repeat of that performance should see him playing a major role here today. On closer inspection, however, the reason he was seemingly struggling to stay on terms, was the fact the winner was running a faster overall and final circuit time than the 2m handicap hurdle won by the 120-rated Barman, so based on those findings, Alastair Ralph’s charge reason for being ‘lights out’ all the way around was totally understandable in the circumstances. Given that was only his second start for new connections, it’s a fair argument to suggest they may be a bit more to come from the son of Unbridled’s Song and as long as the ground stays on the quick side (no rain forecast), he should be capable of getting into the mix providing that big effort last week hasn’t taken its toll.Bet £10 Get £40
The form of the mares’ only chase won by La Bella Vida at the last meeting has already been boosted by Magic Of Light, so there’s a decent chance MISS SASSIE (best price 5-1) can follow suit on her return visit to the Co Tipperary venue. Having her first start over fences 14 days ago, Paul Nolan’s inmate seemed to take to the larger obstacles really well and was going as easily as anything until she took off too soon and landed on top of the second last, costing her what looking a winning opportunity. She did, however, keep on nicely to finish an honourable third, and even in getting beat seven lengths, she still posted a speed figure which suggested she’d run up to a very high standard. Prior to that excellent effort, she also run to a career-high level over hurdles when fifth in a very competitive mares’ only handicap at Limerick and with the runner-up that day, Just Janice, going on to frank that particular form line with two wins subsequently (including a Grade 3) the daughter of Yeats looks cast-iron each-way material here based on that performance alone.
Procedure is bound to be all the rage here following a smart effort in defeat on the speed figures last time out at Kempton, but at the same time, she’s been well found in the market whereas CARP KID (best price 14-1) has been seemingly totally dismissed despite catching the eye in a similarly strong maiden on the numbers at the same track last time out. Held up off the back of sound fractions, Richard Hannon’s inmate impressed by the way he finished off his race in the closing stages and his final three furlong split of 34.7 is pretty good for a two-year-old in anyone’s language (Procedure clocked 34.8 for her last 3f last time). With that effort being his third for a statutory mark, one would like to think there might be a bit more improvement to come now racing in handicap company for the first time and he should be capable of outrunning his odds despite his slightly iffy draw.